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Prepare new policy to make agriculture more profitable business: Agrawal

RAIPUR: In order to make agriculture a more profitable business in the state, Agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal, asked the officers to prepare draft of new agriculture policy and for that to take help of remote sensing.

He said, for the preparation of the new agriculture policy, Chhattisgarh could be divided into three sectors – Sarguja, Bastar and general sector, according to geography, monsoon and weather of the particular areas. Districts of Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg divisions will be included in the general sector. Agriculture policy should be prepared, while paying attention on the type of soil and rainfall of the area, Agrawal said.

The minister on Friday held meeting of senior departmental officers for about five hours, while reviewing the schemes and programmes of Agriculture department. He instructed the officers to bring practical changes to make schemes more successful and farmer-oriented. He said that mainly the departmental schemes and programmes were cultivation based on weather and centred on single crop.

The minister said that innovation in agriculture sector is needed to make farmers of Chhattisgarh prosperous. The department has to work according to the changed environment. While reviewing the departmental works he gave emphasise on the agriculture related points given in the manifesto and the works so far done in pursuance of the declarations made in the Assembly.

Additional chief secretary agriculture and agriculture production commissioner Ajay Singh, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University vice chancellor Dr SK Patil, secretary agriculture PC Pandey, Chhattisgarh State Agriculture and Seed Development Corporation managing director Amrit Khalkho, MARKFED managing director SK Jaiswal, director Agriculture PR Kridutt and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

Agrawal said that the department should have clear policy and thought for make agriculture more profit making in Chhattisgarh. By encouraging farmers, areas of cash crops like pulses and oilseeds have to be increased. In spite of depending on monsoon, it is necessary to increase irrigated area through small irrigation schemes. He asked the officers to prepare action plan of the department for the next five years.

Agrawal, giving practical suggestions regarding various schemes, instructed to bring changes in the rules and procedures of schemes and said that for crop insurance scheme, in spite of tehsil, ‘Phasal Aanavari’ units should be formed by joining 8-10 villages. With it, the farmer would get proper benefit of the insurance scheme.

Agrawal discussed with the officers about establishing departmental fund for dealing with the loss to the farmer caused by non-sprouting of seeds supplied by the state government. He instructed to open Krishi Seva Kendras in the naxal violence-hit Bijapur and Sukma districts and to arrange seeds and fertilizers at the centres already established.